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KDE Commit-Digest for 6th August 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Support for PostScript page deletion and editing of metadata in KViewShell, and for using a SQL backend with KPhotoAlbum (feature derived from KexiDB). Strigi gets support for inotify. Plasmagik, an application to assist developers in making "Plasmoids" (Plasma applets), is imported into KDE SVN. Rendering development work continues in the Unity web rendering engine. Work stars on a "Magnetic Outline Selection" tool for Krita.

Linux event shows move to mainstream

Fifteen years after the introduction of the Linux kernel, next week's LinuxWorld conference will focus not on whether to use open source software - the market has answered that question - but on how to deploy, secure and manage the technology as part of a business IT operation.

GLSA 200608-10: pike SQL injection vulnerability

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Code Listing 3.1
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-lang/pike-7.6.86"

Open source makes 'substantial advance' in UK education, says ...

More than three quarters of all UK colleges and universities consider open source options when engaging in IT procurement exercises, says a report published today.

[Be sure to follow the link to the survey itself and at least read the "Executive Summary". -- grouch]

The responses indicate that, saving on the total cost of ownership is, for desktops as for servers, the most important reason to use OSS on desktops. This was also indicated as the most important reason in the 2003 survey. Being locked in was not mentioned as an issue in 2003, but in 2006 the majority (73%) indicated that they chose OSS for that reason either on their desktops or on their servers or on both. Ideology is not an important factor for respondents, although a third of them indicated that it played a role.
-- from OSS Watch Survey 2006: Executive Summary

64-bit Linux releases - Summary

Start64! keeps track of 64-bit Linux distributions. During the past months, quite a few 64-bit Linux and BSD distributions have been released. Here is a choice of them.

Shiira v2 beta released

Shiira, if you haven't been following the coverage as of late, is an open source and uniquely feature-packed browser based on WebKit, the same web (and also open source) rendering engine that powers Apple's own Safari.

JavaScript meets XML in Firefox on Ubuntu Linux

Learn the basics of how you can manipulate XML with JavaScript code in the fastest growing browser in the world. Included are code examples and screenshots, all of which were created and tested using Firefox on Ubuntu Linux.

Partitioning with GParted

  •; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Aug 7, 2006 8:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups:
Do you fancy keeping those MP3s into their own partition? Want to copy data residing in one disk onto another? Crave for an easier way to mirror partitions? Long for a simple solution to reorganize your disk and create space for a new Linux distribution? Look no further, GParted ( will do all this and much more. And did I mention, all this, keeping your keyboard finger-free? Find out more in Packt Columnist Mayank Sharma's interview with Patrick Verner.

Firefox 2 Beta 1 Preview

Firefox has been out for quite some time now, and we are lovin it (no no, it's not a burger.) Yeah, so for the I-don't-know-nothin-about-Firefox lot, here it is: Firefox is an open source browser project from Mozilla, something similar to Linux wherein Linux is an OS while Firefox is an Internet Browser. There have been many versions released of the browser but the 1.5 version stands out the most. Now Mozilla is trying to further enhance the stability of the browser while improving on the usability as well. The second-coming of the most downloaded browser of all time, Firefox version 2.0 final, will soon be released to create another milestone of maximum downloads.

PCLinuxOS 0.93a Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on Aug 7, 2006 6:59 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - Texstar has announced PCLinuxOS 0.93a MiniMe, a slim live CD for those who just want a basic desktop without the bloat... In addition to the Live CD mode you can also save your changes to a usb key disk. PCLinuxOS MiniMe can be installed to your computer by simply clicking on the install icon on the desktop... After hard drive installation, you can access over 5000 programs to fully customise your desktop the way YOU want. OSDir has some great shots of this fresh PCLinuxOS release in the PCLinuxOS 0.93a Screenshot Tour.

DeveloperWorks Interviews: David Rhoderick and John Thomas

  • IBM DeveloperWorks; By Scott Laningham (Posted by sbergman27 on Aug 7, 2006 6:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: IBM

A mainframe evangelist and transitioning software engineer talk about the state of the mainframe today

Direct link to the interview: [ -- MP3]

Web browsers progressing to next generation

The major Web browsers are getting face-lifts as they increasingly become the focal point for handling business transactions and running programs over the Internet rather than simply displaying Web sites.

Firefox 'not being aggressive enough'

  •; By Tom Espiner and David Meyer (Posted by dcparris on Aug 7, 2006 4:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
A senior analyst believes Firefox maker Mozilla Corporation should be doing more to push the Web browser, despite a recent distribution deal with Real Networks.

Ifbin goes Open Source

IFBIN was an attempt at creating a commercial code library that you subscribed to. The code was great, but the price was steep, especially to a community spoiled by lots of good and free tutorials. Recently, IFBIN was changed to be a free service.

DistroWatch Weekly: Ubuntu news, Linux in the South Pacific

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Aug 7, 2006 3:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 31st issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The Linux world is starting to heat up again after a brief break - following the first beta release of Mandriva 2007 and KDE 3.5.4 last week, a new test release of Fedora Core 6 will be out today and the third alpha build of openSUSE should appear on the download mirrors on Thursday. Besides the usual news round-up, a short article takes a look at the current status of Linux in the countries and territories of the South Pacific. Finally, with this being the first issue of DistroWatch Weekly of the new month, we are pleased to announce that the July 2006 DistroWatch donation of US$500 goes to the Blender Foundation. Happy reading!

Google Internals Talk

I recently attend a Philadelphia Area Linux Users Group (PLUG) meeting presented by Toby DiPasquale titled “Google Internals” Slides here: Google Internals talk for PLUG by Toby DiPasquale. Why is this of interest on a Linux blog? As many of you may already know, Google uses a version of Red Hat to power their servers, running on old kernels (it is speculated that they run on 2.0 or 2.2 kernels). This Google Internals talk takes you through the basics of how Google uses their approximately 450,000 servers to run everything from Google search to GMail worldwide. The slides are based on information gathered from reliable Google sources, including talks given by Google staff, and gives you a very basic framework for understanding what is “under the hood” over at Google.

Bringing a Linux box to Work - Part 1

An article documenting the ability (or lack thereof) of a Linux box to function in an all-Microsoft environment.

'Al Gore’s Penguin Army' video misuses Linux mascot

Did you ever wonder what our editors do in their spare time? We don't -- because most of the time we figure we're better off not knowing. In any case, it seems that Robin 'Roblimo' Miller got turned on to a YouTube video called Al Gore's Penguin Army and decided to spread the word with his own YouTube video that this corporate-sponsored piece misused our favorite mascot, Tux, and didn't even bother to give appropriate credit to Tux creator Larry Ewing. Oh, the humanity!

YouOS Alpha Screenshot Tour reports - YouOS is a web operating system that lets you run diverse applications within a web browser. Small applications like sticky notes or clocks. Large applications like word processing, mp3 players, and instant messaging. Even better, it's very easy to tweak an existing application or write your own. OSDir has some nice screenshots of YouOS in the YouOS Alpha Screenshot Tour.

A boon for jobless grads

Under the GTS, unemployed degree and diploma holders are given the opportunity to pursue 13 different courses ranging from English and graduate development courses to professional certification in Linux, Microsoft and Cisco applications.

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